Great New Restaurants 2010: Sou'Wester
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published October 4, 2010
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Sou'Wester
Address: 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-787-6868
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Southwest/Waterfront, Capitol Hill
Cuisines: Southern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Breakfast Monday through Friday 6:30 to 11:00 AM, Saturday and Sunday 7-11 AM, lunch daily 11:30 to 4, dinner daily 5:30 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Root-beer float with Jack Daniel’s; crab bisque; corn soup with bacon; oysters with grilled sausage; hushpuppies; veal sweetbreads with grits; fried chicken; porgy with crab imperial; banana cream pie; fried apple pie; vanilla cheesecake.
Price Details: Starters, $7 to $16; main courses, $21to $28.

Exuding an “aw, shucks” attitude in the classy Mandarin Oriental hotel isn’t easy. The downtown decor, overly attentive service, and practice of serving Miller High Life in a Champagne glass belie the down-home aspirations of the Southern-inspired menu. And some of the dishes overseen by CityZen chef Eric Ziebold—such as the chicken and dumplings, which suffers from too little gravy and only two dinky dumplings—show the downside of fancifying humble fare. But when the kitchen is turning out fried chicken and hushpuppies this good, it’s easy to ignore the disappointments. Masterful products from the fryer also include an apple pie that should have its own rehab program.

Don’t miss: Fried oysters; sweetbreads with grits; creamy corn soup with bacon; vanilla cheesecake.

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